Hi Folks and Happy Thanksgiving,

I'm sure the answer to my question is somewhere in the mass of threads here, but I haven't been able to find it.

I am coming back to fly fishing and tying after a 40+ year absence (makes that Junior Member tag a bit misleading), following AJs Basic Tying instruction to get back into the tying part. Back in the day, I never used dubbin, only tying with feathers and yarn, mostly bass and pan flies, so this dubbin stuff is brand new to me. I have the concept of a little goes a long, long, long, long way and always going in the same direction with the thumb and forefinger. My problem is getting the stuff to wrap neatly around the thread. I've watched videos where the the tyer just zip, zip, zip and the dubbin looks as neat as can be.

When I twist dubbin in, it doesn't stick to the thread and ends up looking like a small cloud just kind of surrounding the thread and not really attached in any way. I've tried wax, but that doesn't seem to help.

Any help will be appreciated.